Delivering machines is the top priority item in the pharmaceutical industry. In the modern competitive world, it is all the more difficult to maintain operational efficiency.
The pharmaceutical supply chain module is complex in today’s world because it involves the interest of saving the life of a human being.
Another aspect is that it requires a long list of stakeholders such as pharmaceutical manufacturer, customer, wholesaler, distributor, information service provider, regulatory agency, and so on. But there is limited research available in the field of the pharmaceutical supply chain. Therefore, each company has to develop its own strategy.
In the drug supply chain, the pharmaceutical company plays an important role. It is subject to several risks that may affect the quantity and quality of the supply of medicines. There is a risk of affecting the products at accurate places and right customers at the right time.
Dodder Engineering Consulting is a one-stop place for all types of training and supply chain analysis for all business domains. For a pharmaceutical business, it can assess the functionality and check the feasibility of implementing a supply chain.
How does Supply Chain optimize the pharmaceutical business?
In any business, supply chain management is the process that links various steps of material management and adds value. In a pharmaceutical business, it becomes more critical because it takes care of activities like material sourcing, conversion, procurement, and so on. It also takes care of logistics and supplies.
To evaluate the efficiency of the supply chain, three parameters are considered- bottlenecks to be avoided, a balance between material cost and transportation has to be established, and the manufacturing flow needs to be optimized.
All stakeholders are supposed to institute the perfect adaptability and configuration so that best practices can be created.
As said earlier, a pharmaceutical supply chain is ideal when it supplies the right quantity of material with acceptable quality to the right customers. It should also maintain a consistent and optimum cost.
The supply chain is a combination of entities, processes, resources, and information that works in harmony to transfer raw material and finished goods or services for timely delivery to the customer.
Prominent benefits achieved by establishing supply chain in pharmaceutical business are:
- Faster customer response and order fulfillment rates
- Short lead time
- Reduced cost
- Increased productivity
- Better inventory control throughout the supply chain
- Precise business forecasting
- Short planning cycle
- The optimum number of suppliers
In short, a properly established supply chain process in a pharmaceutical business will renovate the organization and make optimum use of resources and business assets. It will increase profitability and boost shareholder value. The pharmaceutical business can respond to customer demand better.
The pharmaceutical supply chain in a unit of pharmaceutical company might spread across different systems and subsystems, in and outside of the company. Thus, virtually, there is an overall improvement in all business processes. Effective supply chain improves other business processes, improves data security, and reduces complexities. It can make a better selection of suppliers. Also, purchasing, distribution, and warehousing processes see a great improvement.